Cott Corporation has announced that it plans to build a new beverage manufacturing facility in the south western US.

The company expects to commence construction in the third quarter of 2004 and anticipates that the plant will be in full production by Q4 2005. It is expected to produce 40m cases annually and employ approximately 130 people. This new plant increases the company's beverage manufacturing plants to nine in the United States and 20 worldwide.

Total capital expenditures in 2004 are projected to rise from the previously announced US$55m to approximately US$65m.

Cott is the world's largest retailer brand soft drink supplier, with the leading take-home carbonated soft drink market shares in this segment in its core markets of the US, Canada and the UK.